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Joe Connor


Immensely talented, innately creative and with a self-described ‘curious soul’, Joe Connor has made a name for himself in film, music, theatre and photography. His commercials for Land Rover, Volvo, Nike and Puma have been shortlisted at Cannes Lions, D&ADs and British Arrows. His music videos for Paul Weller, Coldplay, Sam Smith and Placebo have picked up several best music video nominations at the UK MVA’s. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the acclaimed visual theatre company Parrot in the tank, has directed fashion films for Paul Smith and with Hollywood luminaries Tom Hiddleston, Lily James and Stanly Tucci and shot portraits of Ed Sheeran, Anthony Joshua and Kylie Minogue. His short is currently doing the rounds at Edmonton and Manchester film festivals - and he is writing his second album…in his spare time. Joe’s drive and energy is led by his love of entertainment and all the ways to tell a story, whether through music, imagery, language or performance. Having trained as a theatre director at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with First Class Honours – in mime!, and spent nights working as a 35mm projectionist at The Everyman Cinema, he has a great and passionate understanding in the power of film and the endless potential for the creativity that it provides. This realisation led to directing for which Joe’s enthusiasm has no bounds, even smuggling himself into a Bolivian Prison and nearly dying on the Atacama Desert when working on a documentary for Amazon Prime about the Cocaine trade! Most recently, Joe has directed music videos for Jamie Cullen and Biffy Clyro. While these sounds diverge sonically, Joe was able to successfully direct the artists’ authentic styles, creating final pieces of work which only a director as eclectic as Joe would be able to do justice to.